- Center takes a multidisciplinary approach at
inaugural Islamic arts event
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 25,
2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The King Abdulaziz Center for
World Culture (Ithra) champions knowledge exploration and
scientific discovery at the inaugural edition of the Diriyah
Biennale Foundation's Islamic Arts Biennale. The Center takes a
multidisciplinary approach to a reexamination of the relationship
between culture and Islamic civilization at the biennale, held in
Jeddah until April 23, 2023.
Ithra is where imagination is powered, ideas are born, knowledge
shared and culture celebrated. All these elements are on display
through a range of activities, including an art exhibition, an
academic offering and the world premiere of a documentary film
based on research into the Prophet Muhammad's hijrah from
Makkah to Yathrib.
In the Footsteps of the Prophet will be screened
publicly for the first time at the biennale. In it, Dr.
Abdullah Alkadi, one of the world's
leading experts on the topic, retraces the Prophet's steps. It is
based on Ithra's Hijrah exhibition, aimed at expanding
people's knowledge of the event that saw Islam catapulted to a
major religion that would give rise to a great civilization.
Ithra's exhibition at the biennale, A Journey of
Understanding is based on a reevaluation of Islamic visual
culture considering audience research to better understand Saudi
society's reception, knowledge and preconceptions of the field. It
includes culturally significant items including a historic kiswa
(the Kaʼba door curtain), ancient Qur'ans and manuscripts, and
other artefacts. The exhibition is enriched by videos and two VR
experiences offering visitors walkthroughs inside two of the
world's iconic mosques.
The Ithra Academy presents a series of workshops and
masterclasses to support creatives and art enthusiasts in
developing their skills – Artist Portfolio: Strategies to Showcase
your Work; The Art of Looking at Art; and Traditional Islamic
"At Ithra we ignite cultural curiosity, stimulate knowledge
exploration, and inspire creativity through the power of ideas,
imagination and innovation," said Farah Abushullaih, Head of Ithra
Museum. "We harness innovation to capture and showcase the
Kingdom's cultural heritage at the Biennale. We present a range of
significant historical artefacts and unique objects in ways that
would appeal to a global audience, while our multidisciplinary
approach is designed to elevate audiences' understanding of Islamic
For more information, visit www.ithra.com. For Ithra's media
kit, visit https://bit.ly/3D4yo6c.
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